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Pumpkin Pie - Italian Style | Print |  E-mail
Written by Freddie Siragusa   
Friday, 15 October 2010 17:43

Pumpkin Pie Italian Style

This recipe courtesy of Freddie Siragusa from Pittsburgh, PA

This is perfect for Halloween

Crust:

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 cup sugar

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 large egg

5 tablespoons unsalted butter

Combine the dry ingredients and mix well. Rub in the butter until it is absorbed, making sure the mixture remains cool and powdery and does not become pastry. Beat the egg and stir in with a fork. Continue stirring until the dough holds together, then knead it briefly, just until smooth. Shape into a disk, wrap in plastic, and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or until firm.

Pumpkin Filling:

1 3/4 cups pumpkin puree (1 16 oz can)

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2/3 cup sugar

1/2 cup yellow cornmeal

2 large eggs

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

1/2 cup candied orange peel

1 cup almonds, ground

Place the pumpkin into a large mixing bowl. Whisk in the salt, sugar, cinnamon, and eggs, one at a time. Combine the ground almonds and cornmeal and stir into the pumpkin mixture.

Place the candied orange peel in a strainer, rinse under cold, running water, and chop it finely with a sharp knife. (Oil the blade of the knife to prevent it from sticking to the peel.) Stir the chopped peel into the filling, then fold in the melted butter.

To Assemble the Pie:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. 

Roll the dough out on a floured surface into a large disk, about 14 inches in diameter. Fold the disk of dough in half and fit it into a buttered 9 by 2-inch deep layer cake pan. Press the dough against the bottom and sides of the pan and trim the edges so they are even with the top of the pan.

Pour in the filling and spread it evenly. The filling will be about 1/2-inch lower than the top of the pan. Fold the excess dough at the rim inward so that it makes a border about 1/2-inch wide at the edge.

Bake the pie in the lower third of the oven for about 45 minutes, until the filling is set and the dough is a light golden color. Cool the pie in the pan on a rack.

When the pie is completely cooled, place a flat plate or pan on top and invert. Lift off the baking pan and replace it with a platter. Invert again and remove the top plate or pan. Keep the pie loosely covered at room temperature before serving.

 

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